Staying Safe this Summer: 2021!

The summer sun is finally coming back around and we’re all excited to enjoy the outdoors more often. As always it is important to stay safe in the summer so we’ve complied some top tips in staying safe in yourself, your home and keeping your car safe this summer in our blog below!

 

In Yourself

As we’re all aware your body also overheats in the warmer weather, remember these top 5 tips to keep yourself safe this summer:

  1. Hydrate – drink lots of water during the summer months to ensure you don’t suffer from dehydration.
  2. Suncream – Protect yourself from harmful UV rays by wearing suncream and reapplying often when out in the sunshine.
  3. Midday Shade – the sun is at its hottest between 11am-3pm so you may want to avoid planning being in the full sun between these times.
  4. Clothing – wear loose, light weight clothing and a hat to avoid overheating and burning your scalp. You are more likely to feel cool if your head is.
  5. Stay Cool – avoid over exertion in the hot weather, take cool showers if you’re feeling overheated and keep your windows open in your home to allow air to circulate.

Your Car

As you may be travelling more this summer, especially as more of us are having a staycation in the UK this year it is important you do some vital checks on your car to get you from A to B safely. Some top tips to follow this summer are:

Check Tyre Pressure: Did you know the temperature can affect the pressure in your tyres?  You can find how much pressure should be in your tyres in your vehicle handbook or printed in the sill of the driver’s door. Most petrol stations or garages have air pressure gauges and pumps to inflate them correctly.

Car Battery: Heat can make the fluid in your car battery to evaporate which will cause damage to the internal structure. Get your car serviced regularly to combat this.

Oil: Ensure your oil is within the two indicator levels, you may need to top it up more during the summer months if you plan to travel longer distances.

Air Conditioning: Nobody likes to sit in a hot tin car, ensure your air conditioning is serviced regularly will mean you can drive comfortably in the hot weather allowing you to concentrate on the roads better. Top tip: if you’re planning a journey in the summer months, wind down your windows slightly to let some air circulate before you get in to avoid sitting in stuffy, hot air.

Your Home

Did you know the weather can also affect elements of your home? We as Locksmiths get called out for the same frequent issues during the summer months, sticking and swollen doors! The sunshine, humidity and soaring temperatures really take a beating to your doors which can impact its usability, durability and security! If you have wooden doors ensure you protect them with UV protection varnish or paint it in a lighter colour which will absorb less heat. If you have a composite or uPVC door simply wash the door down with cool water in the summer months to prevent it from overheating.

Don’t forget to protect those extensions you may have such as a summer house or a beach hut! Find out more information on Summer House Security here and Beach Hut Security here!

Covid-19

Last but not least, we must all keep maintaining to do our bit to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Always follow the latest Government guidelines which you can find here! https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hopefully not long to go now before we reach normality!

 

 

The best front doors for your home 2021

Your front door is the main access point for the majority of homes and thus it is the main access point for burglars. Did you know that 76% of burglars entered a property through the front door? Here at Keytek® we are passionate about your homes security and that includes the durability of your front door. Take a look at our blog where we compare the top 3 door types you will find in the UK.

 

uPVC Doors

uPVC doors are one of the most popular doors on the UK market due to their low price and easy maintenance upkeep. uPVC doors are improving security wise with their multi-point locking systems and the ability to add the extra security of an anti-snap lock.  But older versions of uPVC doors are not the most secure door you can find with them having a relatively short shelf-life of around 10-15 years. Once your uPVC front door reaches 10 years old it is important to take a look at the quality and durability of the door and consider updating it to a newer version or upgrading to a different material such as wooden or composite.

 

Wooden Doors

Wooden doors are popular due to their traditional appearance that appeals to many UK homeowners. Wooden doors are an excellent choice with security in mind as they cannot be kicked through or forced open by a burglar when paired with a solid door frame. You will usually find a mortice lock paired with a yale type lock on a wooden door but some companies are now offering multi-point locking systems with wooden doors too for that extra peace of mind.

What uPVC doors have over wooden is that wooden doors are much more expensive than uPVC and require more maintenance.

 

Composite Doors

Composite doors are the optimum choice for front door security. They were designed to combat the flaws of uPVC doors and the extra work needed to maintain wooden doors. Consisting of multiple materials including wood, insulated foam, aluminum and glass reinforced plastic, composite doors are the strongest on the market. The combination of all the different materials not only make composite doors almost impossible to break through but they are extremely durable in harsh weather so it will not crack like a wooden door or warp and fade like a uPVC door. Not only are composite doors extremely hard-wearing, they come fitted with a multi-point locking system and can be made securer still with an anti-snap lock making this the perfect door for your home.

Composite doors are not only the best security wise but they are popular due to their aesthetic appearance. Taking on a wooden door look, composite doors come in a wide variety of colours and have multiple window style options so you can maintain the curb appeal to your home. Finally, composite doors are built to last and won’t have to be replaced for at least 35 years.

 

Front Door Prices

The cheapest on the market are uPVC doors with a range from £250-£1,500, next are composite doors with a wider range of costs between £550-£2,000 but the most expensive are wooden doors at £750-£4,000. Cost and security wise, this also makes composite doors the best option for your home.

 

Keytek® Locksmiths

If you’re looking for more advice on your front door and lock security check out our comprehensive guide here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.windowsguide.co.uk/doors/secure-front-door-can-buy
https://www.everest.co.uk/doors/entrance/best-front-door-for-security/

 

 

 

Cycling Safety 2021

With the pandemic and lock down lasting over a year and all indoor venues being closed, lots of people have taken to cycling to get some exercise and get out of the house. While cycling has many benefits both physically and mentally, it’s important that you stay safe while riding your bike. We will go through what the law says about cycling, how to keep yourself and others safe, while also looking at how to keep your bike secure.

 

Cycling and the Law

 

The government offer the following advice and rules for cyclists:

 

Clothing

  • You are advised to wear a cycle helmet at all times; it must conform to current regulations and must fit properly for it to be effective.
  • Wear clothes that are suitable for cycling- nothing that will get caught in the wheels or chain.
  • Avoid wearing dark clothing; light-coloured or fluorescent clothing is best as it helps other road users spot you.
  • Reflective clothing or accessories will help other road users see you in the dark.

 

Rule 60

The law states that your bike MUST have white front and red rear lights lit, when cycling at night. You also MUST have your bike fitted with a red rear reflector, as well as amber pedal reflectors, if your bike was made after 1985.

It’s not required by law but it is recommended that you install white front reflectors and spoke reflectors, to help you been seen. You are allowed to have flashing lights on your bike, but if you tend to cycle in areas with no streetlights, a light with a steady beam would be better for you.

 

Rule 61

 

You need to use cycle routes, advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings if it is safe to do so. It’s not the law that you must use these facilities, however if you are able, it is safer for everyone for you to use them.

 

Rule 62

 

Rule 62 is to do with cycle tracks. These are normally placed away from the road, but can be found alongside footpaths or pavements. These tracks are often used by pedestrians as well, unless they are specifically separated. If the track you are using is separated from a pedestrian path, then you MUST (by law) keep to the side that has been laid out for cyclists. Whether the track is separated or not, you need to be careful when passing pedestrians, always prepared to slow down or stop suddenly.

 

Rule 63

 

This rule is in regards to cycle lanes, you will know it’s a cycle lane as it will be marked by a white line, which could be broken, along a carriage way. If you are using a cycle lane, they should keep within the lane where possible. It is not compulsory for you to use a cycle lane, but they are designed for your safety and the safety of other road users.

 

Rule 65

One of the most important laws you must follow when cycling is that you MUST NOT cycle on the pavement.

 

To find out more about the specific laws around cycling then go to the Gov Website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82

 

Best Cycle Helmets

 

A bike helmet is the best thing you can wear to protect yourself when cycling. You are not required by law to wear one, however there are many reasons why you should wear one. They will help protect your head and brain. The risk when cycling is that you may come off your bike, this can happen for a number of reasons and can range in severity. In some cases, a helmet may help to prevent you getting a serious injury.

We are going to go through some helmets you can buy.

 

 Bell Avenue MIPS

 

£65 from Amazon

This helmet is easy to adjust and works very well. The helmet is made of polycarbonate and features 18 vents, which helps to keep your head cool, while cycling. It also features reflective strips on the outside, to help you be visible. It is slightly heavier than most helmets, weighing 310g, but is a good price and works well to protect you.

 

Specialized S-Works Evade with ANGi

 

£250 from Tredz

This helmet is super comfy and well ventilated; it also boasts a sleek, aerodynamic design. The ANGi technology is basically a posh crash sensor. It sits in the helmet and if it detects an impact that is powerful enough to incapacitate you, then it turns your mobile phone into a beacon. A countdown will start on the app and if you do not stop it before it reaches 0 then a designated emergency contact will be sent a message with your last know coordinates. This feature is great for those who cycle off road and in remote locations. It’s not the cheapest on the list, but you get what you pay for.

 

Bontrager Circuit MIPS

£100 from Amazon

This helmet is a good all rounder, suitable for on and off-road cyclists at any level of skill. It’s a neat, compact helmet that stands out from other with its distinctive shape. It’s well ventilated and boasts a Boa dial retention system.

 

 

Bike Locks

 

These days, bikes are not cheap whether you have a road bike, mountain bike or a child’s bike, you want to protect it. You must lock your bike up whenever it is unattended, in public or even in a garage or outbuilding. We will go through what locks are best to keep your bikes secure.

 

Abus Granit X-Plus 540

Tweeks Cycles for £74.99, Sold Secure: Gold

The Abus Granit doesn’t have any frills or fancy features; it purely focuses on being the strongest lock out there. It has a super hard square shackle which reduces the effectiveness of any jaw cutting tool that might be used to break it. An added bonus is that even if a thief does manage to cut it, its square shape prevents it from being twisted and removed. This means a thief would have to cut it twice to remove it, this would take them more time and hopefully someone would notice what they were doing. It’s quite expensive, but not as expensive as buying a new bike if yours is stolen.

Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Mini

 

This D lock is a great lock for your bike, specifically designed for urban use. Kryptonite is so confident in their locks that if your bike is stolen while secured with their lock then they will give you £2,500 towards a new bike. It’s on the smaller side, but it uses this to its advantage, the narrow width makes the lock even tougher to break. It is also one of the heaviest locks on the market. This 18mm Gold standard U lock specs should reassure you of its durability and effectiveness.

 

Onguard Pitbull DT Shackle Bike Lock & Cable

 

If you are looking for a bike lock that’s not expensive, but still very secure, then look no further than this Onguard Pitbull. It has full Sold Secure rating, but is half the price of its competitors. It’s relatively light at 1.77kg and has a nifty light feature that will help you unlock it in the dark. The U bar is covered in a vinyl that protects your frame and wheels from scratches. Normally a lock with a cable extension would be on the pricey side, so to find this lock at £34.99 (from Tredz) is a great deal.

 

 

To find out more about cycling safety read our other blog https://www.keytek.co.uk/blog/the-guide-to-bike-safety/

 

 

 

The Future of Security 2021: Ring Indoor Drone

Here at Keytek® we are always keeping our eye on the latest security innovations and this one which was released in September last year really is taking the future of security to the next level. Introducing the Ring Indoor Drone, yes that’s right an indoor (!) drone!

 

“An innovative new approach to always being home”

That’s what Ring has set out to achieve with their new product. Their solution to the real problems that their customers are facing. One thing Ring couldn’t predict though was the worldwide pandemic and the fact that more now than ever we are all at home far more often than we’d ideally like. However, with brighter days on the horizon and our interest in new security technologies we’d thought you’d like to know where the future is heading too!

 

What is the Ring Indoor Drone?

The Ring Indoor Drone is a device that enables you to access multiple viewpoints via your smart device throughout your home. Rather than multiple CCTV cameras placed strategically around your home the Ring Indoor Drone is just one device, with one camera. As the name suggests like a drone this device fly’s like a drone around your home to capture multiple viewpoints. It is a flying CCTV camera, now if that’s not something from the future we don’t know what is!

 

How does the Ring Indoor Drone work?

As you guessed the Ring Indoor Drone is more than a flying CCTV camera, it is much more intelligent than that. The flying indoor camera is autonomous and flies through your chosen paths in your house so that you can activate it and check whether you may have left a window open, the stove on or if your dog has been sitting on your bed whilst you are at work during the day.

As well as having the option to control the Ring Indoor Drone to activate when you want it to it also will automatically fly around your home when triggered by your Ring Alarm when in ‘away mode’. This means it can capture a burglar in the act and enable you to alert the police straight away rather than waiting to see your home upturned once you get home.

Once the Ring Indoor Drone has done its job flying around your home it automatically returns to its base and slots itself in and begins charging. There’s not much you need to actually do to ensure it is maintained.

Ring have released a video on YouTube of how the drone works when triggered in away mode. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2jFN_QEcS4

 

Is the Ring Indoor Drone secure?

As with all smart devices the privacy and security of your device is paramount to avoid any attacks from cyber criminals. The camera is physically blocked when docked in its charging station and will only begin recording once in action. What’s more the drone can only fly in the paths that you set so it cannot be controlled manually by someone else. What about safety when flying about? The developers over at Ring had also thought about this to avoid any bumping into heads when you are walking around your home so the drone is lightweight with shrouded propellers and built-in obstacle avoidance technology.

 

How much does the Ring Indoor Drone cost?

Currently, the Ring Indoor Drone is not available in the UK but it is set to launch in the US this year with a price tag of $250. We were surprised at this cost and were expecting more but you will only receive the full benefits of the drone if you have the full Ring security system already in place in your home.

 

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If you found this blog interesting you should take a look at some of our other latest blogs including Hive View Outdoor Product Review and Burglary Statistics 2020/2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://blog.ring.com/2020/09/24/introducing-ring-always-home-cam-an-innovative-new-approach-to-always-being-home/

Top tips to Buying a Safe in 2021

If you’re looking to buy a safe in 2021 there are some things you need to consider and with so many options out there it can be hard to find what one is best for you. Check out our blog below to discover the different types of safes and what you need to consider when buying a safe!

What do you want to put in your safe?

First of all you need to consider what you want to keep stored securely away in your safe as this will affect the size of safe you will need to buy. Is it small like cash and documents, jewellery maybe or do you need to store larger technical equipment perhaps?

 

What do you need protection from?

As well as considering the size of the safe, you should also factor in why you need the extra security in the first place. Many safes offer protection from burglary, fires or both.

Burglary Protection Safe

If you are looking for a safe to prevent your valuable items from getting stolen should you be burgled there are a few different options on the market. Look for the insurance rating of the safe which is determined by a number of factors including the resistance the safe has for movement, the thickness and strength of the walls and door, the security and complexity of the lock and bolt mechanisms and the overall quality. The higher the insurance rating the more secure the safe.

The insurance rating is only applicable if the safe has been installed correctly and to ensure your valuables are covered should the worst happen it is worth choosing a safe that is 30% higher than your needs. Look for AiS (Association of Insurance Surveyors) when buying a safe as they are the UK’s top authority on safe insurance ratings.

Fire Protection Safe

There are also a few different options for you to consider when buying a fire protection safe. This is due to the different temperatures the safe can withstand to keep your valuables safe inside. Safe.co.uk report that magnetic media such as tapes and film will spoil at a 52°C so the safe’s temperature must stay below this level, digital media will corrupt at anything over 120°C and any safe holding paper must stay below 177°C to prevent it from combusting.

Fire protection safes are categorised into four different ratings of standard, medium, high and maximum and are determined in the duration of which they are tested by 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes and 120 minutes plus. Fire protection safes endurance tests include measuring the internal temperature over a period of time when exposed to high temperatures, the explosion test is carried out to ensure the safe won’t explode when exposed to sudden extreme temperatures and the fire drop test to ensure it can withstand falling through a burning building.

 

How do you want your safe to operate?

Are you looking for a key operated safe, a pin code or even something that is more contemporary such a fingerprint opening?

Key Lock Safe

A key lock safe is a tried and tested method of securing your safe. However, there is a risk of losing the keys or a burglar gaining access to the safe with the key.

Keypad Safe

A keypad safe operates with a PIN code that is able to change as often as you require it to. This type of safe is popular in hotel rooms where many people will be using it throughout the year.

Fingerprint Safe

A fingerprint safe will only open when it detects a pre-scanned fingerprint. There are no keys to lose and no pin code to forget but these types of safes are more expensive.

Dial Combination Safe

These are the type of safes you usually picture in films where the burglar is listening for the ticks to unlock the code. However, these types of safes are a bit tricky to operate.

Dual Lock Safes

These are operated with either two locks or a keypad and key so that two people can operate the safe.

 

Where do you want your safe to be?

Do you want your safe to be mounted in the floor, the wall, or freestanding?

Floor Safes

Floor safes are perfect if you are looking to store your valuable items in a secret, secluded space. They can easily be covered by a rug or furniture.

Wall Mounted Safe

Like a floor safe, wall mounted safes offer extra protection security wise as they are easily hidden from sight and not easily removed.

Free Standing Safe

Free standing safes are the cheapest alternative in initial cost and there are no other installation fees. Of course these are less secure than their counterparts as they are harder to hide and can be picked up and taken away.

 

Keytek® Locksmiths

If you need help with your small, freestanding safe give us a call! Find your local Locksmith here! If you found this blog interesting why not check out Burglary Statistics 2021 and Restoring your Home Security after a Break in!

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.safe.co.uk/buying-guide/safes/choosing-a-security-safe

 

 

The Most Famous Burglaries of All Time

Here at Keytek® we’re all about security and keeping you and your belongings as secure as possible but burglaries do happen and sometimes they happen on an extremely large scale… check out our blog on the top 5 most famous burglaries of all time!

 

The Antwerp Diamond Heist

This burglary cost a whopping £100 million!! In 2003 Leonardo Notabartolo successfully defeated 10 layers of security in the heist of all time stealing millions worth of diamonds and jewels. Notabartolo and his crew almost got away with it too as they planned this burglary for years which consisted of copying keys, fake CCTV footage and clever ways to get past the high-tech security system.

Unfortunately for Notabartolo they left behind traces of DNA and were subsequently caught back in Italy. The diamonds? They were never recovered and are still out there somewhere on the black market!

 
 

Boston Museum Heist

The most valuable theft of a private property ever, costing half a billion dollars! In this heist two men dressed as police offers attended the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum apparently responding to a disturbance call. Within an hour the two men overcame the guards and took off with 13 works of high valuable art including pieces from Rembrandt, Degas and Vermeer.

This time the fake police officers got away with it as no one was arrested for the crime and none of the pieces of artwork were recovered. What hangs in their frames now? Nothing, the empty frames still hang in the museum!

 

Russian Hackers

These days’ burglars no longer require a stripy t-shirt and a swag bag as a group of Russian computer hackers managed to steal an approximate of £650 million from 2014-2016 from banks all over the world!

The hackers cunningly watched the to and fro of the bank’s operations through CCTV and managed to hack them using malware and phishing scams. What’s more is that they even managed to operate ATM’s to dispense money at certain times!

The hackers managed to rob around 100 banks from over 30 different countries stealing a total of around £650 million… and they have yet to be caught!

 

The Central Bank of Iraq

In 2003 the largest bank heist of all time took place. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein sent his son with a handwritten note asking to withdraw almost a billion US dollars along with three trucks to load it onto, to the Central Bank in Baghdad.

$920 million dollars were stolen but most of it was fortunately recovered after numerous raids. However, not all the American soldiers retrieving the cash were innocent as 35 of them were caught stealing some of the money!

 

One of the UK’s Biggest Domestic Burglaries

James Stunt, successful businessman living in London found himself £515,000 shorter after a 16.18 carat yellow diamond was stolen from his safe in his home in 2017. Fortunately, for Mr. Stunt the perpetrator was caught and refused bail.

However, the perpetrator was a little too close to home as the thief was none other than Mr. Stunt’s bodyguard! Unfortunately for Mr. Stunt this was the first in a string of financial bad luck as in 2019 he was declared bankrupt and had numerous properties repossessed.

 

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Want to avoid being on this list yourselves? Upgrade your home security with Keytek® by finding your local Locksmith today! Like this blog? Why not check out our others including Burglary Statistics 2021 and Protect your Home like a Place: Buckingham Palace!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/29/ex-bodyguard-james-stunt-charged-stealing-515000-diamond-home/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burglary Statistics 2020/2021

Being broken in to is a cause for concern by most homeowners as the a burglar in your home not only puts your wellbeing at risk but your possessions and the risk of damage being caused to your home. Take a look at the burglary statistics issued by the Office for National Statistics in our blog below!

 

What time of day do burglaries occur?

The Office for National Statistics reports that from April 2019 to March 2020 residents were most likely to be burgled in the evening with 32% of all burglaries occurring during this time. What’s surprising is that following evening burglaries the most active time of day burglaries occur in the afternoon at 20%.

Overall 62% of burglaries took place in the evening/night time with 38% taking place during the morning/afternoon.

 

What day do most burglaries happen?

It comes as no surprise that burglars are more likely to target homes when it is dark outside in attempt to not be spotted. But did you know that a whopping 71% of burglaries occur during the week rather than on the weekend? Make sure you lock up after yourself when leaving for work!

 

76% of burglars gain entry through the door! 33% forced the lock open! 15% of doors were not locked. 6% had a key.

 

Where do burglars enter the home?

The Office for National Statistics reports that the majority of burglars will enter your home through the front of your property. 59% of burglars entered someone’s home at the front of the property, 33% accessed the property through the back entry way and 7% of burglars accessed a property from the side.

Of those a shocking 76% of burglars entered a property through a door. It’s shocking to hear that over ¾ of burglars enter someone’s home by using the door. 33% of burglars forced the lock open to gain access, this is why British Standard locks and Anti-Snap locks are so important.

15% of these the burglar found the door was not locked at all. Always remember to lock your front door when you leave and ensure your locks are British Standard. If you need to upgrade your locks just give your local Locksmith a call!

20% of burglars accessed the home through the window. Check out our Window Security Guide here!

 

Lost your keys?

Replace your locks immediately as 6% of all burglars for the year between April 2019 and March 2020 had a key to gain access to the home. If you have lost your keys or recently moved home you should call a Locksmith to replace your lock with new keys as soon as possible.

 

What damage does a burglar cause?

Between April 2019 and March 2020 57% of people claimed that the burglar left damage to their outside door, 26% of home burglaries ended up with a broken window and 22% were left with a damaged lock. As over 20% of burglars attack the lock to gain entry it is important you know your locks are up to scratch and have some defense mechanism such as anti-snap and anti-drill features.
 

22% of burglars damage the lock.

 

Average costs of damages caused to a property in a burglary

It is important you ensure your home insurance covers your property for things such as burglary and the damages of being burgled will cost. The Office for National Statistics reports that on average a burglar will cause £1,413 worth of damage to your property. If the burglar manages to gain entry the total cost on average amounts to £2,856 on average.

 

What do burglars go for?

40% of victims report that the burglar(s) stole their purse/money/cards, 32% stole jewellery and watches and 23% stole computers/computer equipment. Furthermore, 11% of burglars stole car keys and 7% stole house keys.

When you go to bed at night remember to hide your keys away in a safe place and out of reach of the doors and windows. If a burglar has stolen your keys it is vital that you get your locks changed as you never know when they may attempt to come back again. If a burglar enters your home with a key your insurance claim will be invalid.

Don’t forget to properly lock up your shed, any outbuildings and properly secure your garden furniture as 39% of people had tools stolen from an outbuilding, 34% had their garden furniture stolen and 22% had their bike/bike parts stolen! Discover our top security tips in our Home Security Guide here!

 

Keytek® Locksmiths

If you have been burgled or looking to upgrade your home security after discovering the shocking facts just give us a call and we will be happy to help! Find your local Locksmith here! For more security advice check out our Home Security Guide for everything you need to know!

 

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/natureofcrimeburglary